“You Found Me” was released by American rock band The Fray in 2008. It was their third single to sell 2 million downloads in the US, and marked The Fray’s first number one hit in Australia.
This is a lead sheet for the song, which has the melody and lyrics, and guitar chords. The song is written in B, and it has capo chords at capo 4 to utilise open chords.
In an interview, lead singer and pianist Isaac Slade expressed his meaning behind the lyrics of the song:
“‘You Found Me’ is such a great song you should really listen to it. I love it as if it were my own child. The heart ache, the let down that comes with life. Sometimes you’re let down, sometimes you’re the one who lets someone else down. It gets hard to know who you can trust, who you can count on. This song came out of a tough time, and I’m still right in the thick of it. There’s some difficult circumstances my family and friends have been going through over the past year or so and it can be overwhelming. It wears on me. It demands so much of my faith to keep believing, keep hoping in the unseen. Sometimes the tunnel has a light at the end, but usually they just look black as night. This song is about that feeling, and the hope that I still have, buried deep in my chest.”
In another interview Isaac Slade declared that:
“I kept getting these phone calls from home – tragedy after tragedy… If there is some kind of Person in charge of this planet – are they sleeping? Smoking? Where are they? I just imagined running into God standing on a street corner like Bruce Springsteen, smoking a cigarette, and I’d have it out with Him.”
In a Reuters article about the album, Slade stated that the lyrics for “You Found Me” were written in 2007, and that the song asks about the problem of evil, why bad things happen to good people, after some of their friends and family went through very tough times.
Many others say that the song represents the reason we cope with things and how abandonment plays a role in everyday life.